All Ears English Podcast

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Are you feeling unmotivated with your English learning?

Do you have no energy?

Today we talk about three ways to become a more motivated English speaker!

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Direct download: 159_AEE_159__3_Ways_to_be_a_Motivated_English_Learner.mp3
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Learning a new language is not easy!  Books and classes can help.  But without real conversation, you might work very hard to make slow progress.

This is because our brains learn language naturally through conversation.  Conversation is the key!

Today we talk with Kevin, creator of inglesninja.com, a site that helps people learn HOW to learn English in more effective ways.  Kevin has been teaching English in Brazil for several years.

Integrating his background in Psychology with teaching, he seeks to improve the student's relationship with English.

He believes that once one discovers how to enjoy the process of learning, progress comes naturally.

You can also find Kevin on You Tube, where he posts short, humorous (or not) videos on the most common mistakes Brazilians make in English.

 

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Does your English need a tune-up?

Your English is like a car.  The better you take care of it, the better it runs!  Today we’re going to help you keep your English in top shape by introducing the top 15 biggest mistakes in English!

Every Tuesday from August until November, we will talk in-depth about one of these mistakes.  We will discuss why it is a problem and give you the tools you need to fix it. 

Our weekly discussions of the top 15 biggest mistakes in English will focus on these topics:

  1. Using the verbs “listen” and “hear”
  2. Whether to use “say” or “tell” or “speak” or “talk”
  3. Using “wish” or “hope”
  4. Do you use “to have” or “to be” to tell your age?
  5. Using the verb “will” correctly when talking about the future
  6. Are you “bored” or “boring?”
  7. Should you say “I have been” or “I was?”
  8. Do you “lend” or “borrow?”
  9. What does it mean to “invite over?”
  10. “I will” or “I’m going to?”
  11. “People is” or “People are?”
  12. When to use “much” and when to use “many”
  13. The difference between “make” and “do”
  14. Are you “by yourself” or “on your own?”
  15. When to use the article “the”

Have you had problems or made mistakes with the words or phrases above?  What have you done to make your English run better?

Tell us about it in the comments below!

 

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Game on!

Do you like to watch sports?  Do you want to be able to talk about sports with your English-speaking friends?

Today we introduce three useful English phrases for talking about sports.

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Direct download: 156_AEE_156__3_Conversational_Phrases_for_a_Sports_Event.mp3
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Today we talk to Joe Menninger, host of StartupRadio.de!

Joe is an entrepreneur from Germany who studied in Texas and China.  Living in three very different countries has given him many experiences.  These experiences have helped him as an entrepreneur.

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English is not something you can buy.  You must work for English skills!

In today's episode we talk about thinking of English as part of life, not a commodity.

It’s easy to purchase a certificate course for English.  But if your heart and mind are separated from your learning, the certificate means nothing.

In the end, your skills in English are what is important – not the certificate!

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Direct download: 154_AEE_154__Dance_Your_Way_to_English_Success.mp3
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Stop translating your idioms into English!

Today we’ll be talking about some of the dangers of translating “false friends.”  These are words that sound the same between two different languages, but aren’t.

We’ll also talk about translating idioms.  They can cause huge problems!

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Direct download: 153_AEE_153__3_False_Friends_Gone_Bad_in_the_Business_World.mp3
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Are people who study or work abroad smarter?

A recent Time magazine article says yes!

Today you’re going to learn how living in a different culture can make you more intelligent.  You will also learn some ways to do this in your own country!

How can living in another culture make you smarter?  What are the benefits to your mind?

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Direct download: 152_AEE_152__Are_People_Who_Study_or_Work_Abroad_Smarter_.mp3
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Do you like to tell jokes at parties?

Would you like to be able to tell a few jokes in English?

Today you’ll learn how to play with words and have a lot of “pun”!

What is a pun?

It’s a creative use of the language, usually using the literal meaning of the language and then a more creative, idiomatic use of the word.

Come back to our site to see the puns written out!

Direct download: 151_AEE_151__English_Puns_You_Can_Use_at_a_Party.mp3
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Today you’ll learn how to let go of your grammar mistakes and your obsession with perfection and you’ll learn how to finally speak like a native!

Today we have Idahosa Ness who is the founder of the Mimic Method and he helps learners reach fluency through song lyrics and mimicking the language.

 

What does it mean to “mimic” English speakers?

To “mimic” means to copy.

When you learn English, don’t learn from the written word. Learn from what you hear.

Try to surround yourself with the language and repeat back what you hear.

Don’t think about conjugating verbs in your head or making a mistake.

When you focus too much on conjugating, it restricts your ability to take in new sounds in your head.

There will be no space in your mind.

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Yesterday we asked the question, “should you apologize?” and we asked if you are apologizing and saying sorry too much.

Today we want to give you more ways to say “sorry” if you decide that you are in the right place and the right situation to offer an apology.

You’ll see a comparison of 3 typical ways to apologize and 3 creative, new ways to apologize.

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Do you say “sorry” too much in English or in your native language?

In today’s episode you’ll find out why you might not want to always say “sorry” and you’ll hear from the co-hosts about their different opinions on how and when to say sorry.

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As an English learner or in your everyday life, why do you need to let go of something “good” to wait for some “great” to come along?

Today you’ll hear our personal examples and find out what this means for your English learning.

If something is not amazing in your life then you should let it go and wait for something better to come along.

 

This can be hard.

It can be scary to sit in the open space after you let something go.

Here is today’s quote:

“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”

-Jim Rohn

 

Come back to our site for a summary of today's episode

 

Direct download: 147_AEE_147__Let_Go_of__Good__for__Great_.mp3
Category:English Study Strategies -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

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Could learning English online make you a braver and more confident English speaker?

Let’s find out today with our special guest, Turgay Evren.

Turgay is an English instructor from Turkey and also an author of more than 60 ESL best-selling books.

Turgay is going to tell us about the differences between learning English in a traditional classroom versus learning English online.

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You are making a big mistake!

It’s time to stop and fix this common error with “yes/no” questions.

Today you’ll hear a real conversation  where we use “yes/no” questions and answers and you’ll see how to do it right in English.

If someone asks you this: “Do you have any other questions?”

The incorrect way to respond: “Yes I don’t have any other questions”

The correct way to respond: “No I don’t have any other questions.”

 

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What's your English character?

Today Josh Plotkin from Brazilian Gringo is going to show you how copying a celebrity and creating an English character can help you improve your English.

You'll also learn how to learn more about the culture as well as the language when you try to become fluent in English.

If you want to get fluent in a language you have to think about the people with whom you'll be using the language.

 

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Direct download: 144_AEE_144__Copy_a_Celebrity_for_English_Success.mp3
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Tomorrow is the Fourth of July! Yay!

Today you’ll learn how to respond to a typical Fourth of July invitation and you’ll find out what most Americans usually do on the Fourth of July.

What is special about July 4, 1776?

It was the day that we signed the Declaration of Independence to become independent from Great Britain.

 

What do Americans usually do?

  • Barbecues: It’s common to have a barbecue all summer but especially on the 4th of July.
  • The beach: Even in Boston we have beaches.
  • Fireworks: Every US city has fireworks. Find out where they’re showing them and invite your friends. Bring a blanket and choose a specific meeting place to meet up with your friends.
  • Go to a parade: This usually happens during the day
  • Special menus or events at restaurants or bars
  • Camping and hiking: It’s a great opportunity to take a 3-day weekend this year because the Fourth of July is on a Friday.

 

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Today you’ll learn about 3 mistakes that you are making that might be killing your connections with native English speakers before they even start!

In this episode you will hear a role play where there is a misunderstanding when it comes to scheduling a time to practice English online.

Here are some mistakes that you are making when you try to meet Americans online:

 

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Today you’ll hear a conversation between the co-hosts where Lindsay tries politely escape the boredom of looking at her co-host's vacation photos.

Learn how to politely end a boring conversation in English today!

 

Here are some phrases that you should NOT use:

  • “Ok bye.”
  • “See you later.”
  • ” I have to go to the bathroom.”

 

Here are some phrases to get out of the conversation:

  • “Ya know what? I really gotta get going.”
  • “I’d love to hear more but I gotta run.”
  • “I have to be somewhere.”
  • “It was great talking to you but I want to talk to someone else over there.”

 

Talk to us in the comments!

Have you tried to use these phrases?

Did you successfully get out of the conversation? Tell us what happened!


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